The European Union is the result of a group of leaders who looked forward to a peaceable, united and thriving Europe. Besides its founding fathers, there are several who have strived hard to uphold the peace and prosperity of the nations who are a part of the European Union. There were just six countries who agreed to partake in the treaty in the beginning but now it is a powerful union of with 28 member countries in it. There is a long history behind the formation of the European Union. The Union is an emerging power bloc. The decisions and changes in rules and regulations of the European Union largely affect the other countries of the world too. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrea Giordani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086711/bk_acx0_086711_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Includes excerpts from the speech Includes reactions to the speech from newspaper reports and audience members ´´It is surely safe to assume that the  framers of the original Constitution and the  members of the Congress which framed the amendments thereto, taken together, do certainly include those who may be fairly called ´our fathers who framed the [g]overnment under which we live´. And so assuming, I defy any man to show that any one of them ever, in his whole life, declared that, in his understanding, any proper division of local from federal authority, or any part of the Constitution, forbade the [federal government] to control as to slavery in the federal territories.´´ (Abraham Lincoln) ´´[O]ne of the most happiest and most convincing political arguments ever made in this [city] ... No man ever made such an impression on his first appeal to a [New York] audience.´´ (Horace Greeley) After the Lincoln-Douglas debates made Lincoln a nationally recognized politician, Illinois papers began to mention Lincoln as a Republican candidate for president in 1859. Lincoln was humbled, though a bit dumbfounded. He thought himself more suited for the Senate, where he could orate and discuss ideas. Moreover, there were Republicans of much greater national prominence on the East Coast, particularly William Seward. Lacking any administrative experience, Lincoln wasn´t sure he would enjoy being president, but even being considered was a great honor, and he quietly thought the idea over. In fact, Lincoln was still not considered a real option for the nomination until he delivered a speech at New York City´s Cooper Union in February, 1860, just a few months before the Republicans´ convention in May. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirk Winkler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036932/bk_acx0_036932_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this examination of Union and Confederate foreign relations during the Civil War, from both European and American perspectives, Howard Jones demonstrates that the consequences of the conflict between North and South reached far beyond American soil.Jones explores a number of themes, including the international economic and political dimensions of the war, the North´s attempts to block the South from winning foreign recognition as a nation, Napoleon III´s meddling in the war and his attempt to restore French power in the New World, and the inability of Europeans to understand the integrated nature of slavery and union, resulting in their tendency to interpret the war as a senseless struggle between a South too large and populous to have its independence denied and a North too obstinate to give up on the preservation of the Union. Most of all, Jones explores the horrible nature of a war that attracted outside involvement as much as it repelled it. Written in a narrative style that relates the story as its participants saw it play out around them, Blue and Gray Diplomacy depicts the complex set of problems faced by policy makers from Richmond and Washington to London, Paris, and St. Petersburg. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brett Barry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001736/bk_adbl_001736_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The KGB is one of the most famous abbreviations of the 20th century, and it has become synonymous with the shadowy and often violent actions of the Soviet Union’s secret police and internal security agencies. In fact, it is often used to refer to the Soviet state security agencies throughout its history, from the inception of the Cheka (Extraordinary Commission) in 1917 to the official elimination of the KGB in 1992. Whether it’s associated with the Russian Civil War’s excesses, Stalin’s purges, or even Vladimir Putin, the KGB has long been viewed as the West’s biggest bogeyman during the second half of the 20th century. The KGB: The History and Legacy of the Soviet Union’s Notorious Spy Agency examines the history of one of the most famous agencies in history. You will learn about the KGB like never before. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/102477/bk_acx0_102477_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition, notwithstanding its merits as a feat of exploration, was also the first tentative claim on the vast interior and the western seaboard of North America by the United States. It set in motion the great movement west that began almost immediately with the first commercial overland expedition funded by John Jacob Astor’s Pacific Fur Company and would continue with the establishment of the Oregon Trail and California Trail. That quest would reach its ultimate expression and its conclusion in 1869, when the last spike was driven into the Union Pacific Railroad.The railroad system being laid down during the 1860s remains the very epitome of contradiction. On the one hand, it was a triumph of engineering skills, but on the other, it drained the natural resources in those places nearly dry. It ´´civilized” the American West, but it dispossessed Native American civilizations. It made the careers of many men and destroyed the lives from many others. It was bold and careless, ingenious and cruel, gentle and violent, and it enriched some and bankrupted others. In short, it was the best and worst of 19th century America in action.As settlers pushed west and the Gold Rush brought an influx of Americans to California, the need for something like the Transcontinental Railroad was apparent to the government in the 1850s, and with the help of private companies, government officials conducted all kinds of land surveys in order to plot a course. Of course, even once routes were chosen, the backbreaking work itself had to be done to connect railroad lines across the span of nearly 2,000 miles. This required an incredible amount of manpower, often consisting of unskilled laborers, and the financial resources poured into it were also extreme. J. O. Wilder, a Central Pacific-Southern Pacific employee, described a typical scene: ´´The Chinese were as steady, hard-working a set of men as could be found. With the exception of a few whites 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim D Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/143315/bk_acx0_143315_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.